All workshop sessions are held on Tuesdays at 5pm UKT.
Autumn 2021 Series
Professor Daniel Szechi
University of Manchester (Emeritus)
‘Suppose I Should Lose my Life in the Quarrell, I do but my Duty’: Father James Carnegy, Espionage and Covert Action on Behalf of the Jacobite Shadow State 1697-1735
Professor Michael Brown
University of Aberdeen
A Union of Hearts and Minds: Conversion and Commitment in the British and Irish Union
Dr Darren S. Layne
The Jacobite Database of 1745
A Farewell to Arms: The Statistics of Surrender in Jacobite Aberdeenshire
Field Marshal George Wade’s public declaration in late October 1745 and Cumberland’s ‘last-chance’ proclamation in February 1746 both promised blanket indemnities through generalised ‘mercy’ to any rebel participant below the ranks of officers and gentlemen who would submit their arms and surrender their identities to local magistrates or parish ministers. Estimations of the efficacy of these amnesties have been neglected by historians, and lists of the some 4500 participants who surrendered as a direct result of these government initiatives have neither been compiled nor analysed, yet a great deal of this raw data is present in the archives. Indeed, this remarkable number of capitulations represents roughly a third of total projected Jacobite army strength through the entire campaign.
There is therefore still much to learn about the people who raised arms for the Jacobite cause outwith the extensive (and often specious) antiquarian analysis of known prisoners. The following forensic and prosopographical study of 123 voluntary surrenders in Crathie and Braemar, the spiritual heartland of Jacobite Scotland, is but an entrée to a much larger project. Yet it provides a sound methodological model to examine not only those who raised arms for Jacobitism, but those who put them back down again, choosing the government’s promises of clemency over persecution.
Dr Matthias Range
University of Oxford
A Jacobite ‘Swan Song’?
The Atterbury Plot and Bononcini’s Anthem
for the Funeral of the Duke of Marlborough, 1722
A new, detailed examination and contextualisation of the anonymous text of the anthem allows to suggest possible Jacobite contents with plausible references to the plot. These findings may contribute to the understanding of Jacobite ‘coded’ language and rhetoric in the first quarter of the century. In this context, this study also offers a re-appreciation of Atterbury’s well-known correspondence with Alexander Pope which allows for new readings and conclusions regarding Atterbury’s role in the plot.
Considering the possible Jacobite references in the text of the anthem, emphasised in Bononcini’s dramatic setting, it would appear that the differentiation into Jacobite and Hanoverian was not easily clear-cut, let alone obvious at the time. These possible associations contrast with the well-known perception that the Whig government and establishment tried to claim Marlborough as their own. Originating at a time when the failure of the Atterbury Plot became apparent, the anthem at Marlborough’s funeral was not merely a commemorative piece for the great Duke; rather it was a ‘Swan Song’ for the unsuccessful plot and the whole of the Jacobite movement.
Dr Joseph Hone
David Edwards and the Jacobite Press
Dr Georgia Vullinghs
University of Edinburgh
Spare and Pair: The Material and Visual Culture of Henry Benedict Stuart, Jacobite Prince in Exile
Dr Samuel Fisher
Catholic University of America
'Universal Instruments of Tyranny'? The Scots, Jacobitism, and the American Revolution
Spring 2022 Series
Workshop sessions for Spring 2022 will be announced soon.